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Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve

By Patrick Tyndall
How would Old Testament Hero Joshua lead his family if he lived today?

"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household we will serve the Lord." 

Joshua 24:15

How did we lose our Christian backbone?  I'm pretty certain God created us with a backbone but somehow as Christians today we allow our society to completely bend us and shape us.  The salt has lost its saltiness in favor of "not offending anyone."

My quiet time recently included a read through the book of Joshua.  After 14 chapters of the Israelites (with God's power) literally wiping other people off the map and then a few chapters of Joshua dividing up the land amongst the different tribes, we finally come to the last chapter.  Joshua reminds the Israelites of all that God has done for them.  Joshua reminds the people about all the armies that they have defeated with God's power.  God has made good on ALL of His promises to the Israelites.  And Joshua then reminds the people that God is a jealous God.  He wants to be first in our lives.  God doesn't respond well when His people worship other gods.  Finally, Joshua brings the issue to a decision in his famous declaration:  "choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.....but as for me and my household we will serve the Lord."

Guys: here's the application for you and I.  If Joshua were a Godly Father and Christian Husband in 2011, how would he lead his family? 

·         Would he honor God with his money, his free time, and his family calendar?   

·         Would his children know more about American Idol than the Bible? 

·          Would he spend his Sundays at the ball field or in Church?

Christian men: God gave us a backbone and we need to use it!  Stand up for Christian values in our society.  Put God first in your budget, calendar, and home. 

Recently my oldest son was selected for the All Star Baseball Team.  The league sent out a letter saying that the team will practice 7 days a week (including Sundays) and that all practices are mandatory.  Despite my excitement, I had a Joshua moment; were me and my household going to stand for the Lord?  Citing the 4th commandment and the fact that my family worships our God as Christians, I respectfully submitted a letter back to the league letting them know that we would not be available for practices or games on Sundays.  Deep down I knew this was the right thing to do, but I also knew that this could mean that Alex may not be on the All Star Team.  A couple of days later I got a phone call from a League official.  He told me that there were no games on Sundays but there would be practices on Sunday afternoons and since this did not conflict with church times we should be there.  I told him that Sundays are different; they are holy and set apart.  With 2 working parents and 4 busy kids, our family schedule is a nightmare Monday thru Saturday and not only do we set aside Sunday for Church and a Bible study we lead in our home, but also for family time.  Not only did the League grant our exception, the coaches have now cancelled all Sunday practices!    

Guys, we have to stand up for our Christian values and leave the results to God.  With my backbone in place, I sent a message to the Baseball League and to my 8 year old son, that honoring God and his commandments is more important than being a part of any baseball team.  If all of us Christian men used the backbone God gave us, our society would look very different!      

I know I'm not the best parent in the world and I make mistakes, but I feel like I got this one right and it gives me the confidence to be "Bold in Christ" for trials to come. Without quiet time, without reading his word, without the Armor of God we miss these opportunities and justify our thought process while our spine begins to suffer from "spiritual arthritis".

Visitor Comments (2)

Having a backbone

I just left a retreat where one of the men told us a story about how he stood up to his boss and walked away quitting his job because his boss wanted him to do something that was not right. God honored this man and what a powerful story.



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